ALBANY - The state Department of Environmental Conservation says junior hunters will be able to hunt deer during a special youth firearms deer season over Columbus Day weekend.
"Implementation of this youth deer hunt is a hallmark moment for New York hunters and represents continued efforts of DEC to engage more young people in nature and outdoor recreation," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a press release.
The youth deer hunt will take place Oct. 6-8 in both the Northern Zone and Southern Zone; a youth hunt was not established on Long Island due to restrictions in the Environmental Conservation Law. Junior hunters ages 14-15 with a big game hunting license will be eligible to take one deer of either sex with a firearm when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult. Junior hunters may use a Deer Management Permit or Deer Management Assistance Program tag for an antlerless deer, or during the youth firearms season only, they may use their regular season tag to take a deer of either sex.
While there is pending legislation that may impact future youth hunts, until it has been acted on, DEC's regulations remain in effect. DEC also offers special opportunities for junior hunters ages 12-15 for waterfowl, wild turkey, and pheasants.
More information is available at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/46245.html.